Speech Tools… for Building Family Connections
Whatever our age, life is all about relationships. Whether it’s relationships with family, friends, workmates, clients at work or even fleeting connections with people we meet while out and about, we sense the importance of connecting with others, as if we were inherently wired for relationship.
Communication is key to relationship – communicating our thoughts, ideas, emotions, desires and experiences. Communication is the mode through which we build relationship with others. It is a foundational life skill.
So what happens when we can’t communicate effectively? The child who can’t be understood, the teacher whose voice keeps cutting out, the teenager who has trouble connecting with peers due to autism and who is regularly bullied?
I’ve only once lost my ability to communicate, and thankfully it was only for a day. In the midst of a viral infection, my voice disappeared completely. I became acutely aware of the frustration and isolation of many of my clients. And yet, I kept thinking – imagine if this was my reality… every single day?
Speech Tools is about helping people connect with others through communication.
Because, whatever our family looks like, and whether we have someone in your family with a communication disorder or not, we can all do better with communicating with our loved ones.
As a wife and mother of 3 young boys, I’m aware of my own shortcomings when it comes to effective communication. One of my struggles is communicating sensitively with others (an important social skill!). It’s important to recognise our own strengths and weaknesses in communication, and to build up our speech tool kit, so that we’re fostering good relationships, especially within our families. Awareness is our first step.
If you know a person who struggles to communicate effectively, I hope you’ll find that my blog contains lots of good quality information and the inspiration you need to help that person to communicate well.
This blog brings together both mothering and Speech Pathology. Helping a child learn to communicate is a wonderful privilege. My logo shows a woman watering some beautiful flowers, because it reflects the role of a parent in nurturing the growth of their child’s skills, including communication. I hope you’ll realise through my blog how important Speech Pathology is… And that you will seek those services if you or someone in your family has trouble communicating well.
Let me know if there are any speech pathology topics you’d like to learn about on this website… and happy reading!
PS. If you want more information about my qualifications and work history, you can find it here.